Bachelor - Military Studies

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If you would like to develop an understanding of the military and its role in society, you may be interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies program at Ashford University. You can learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's online Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies program offers you the opportunity to study the American Constitution; the history of the U.S. military, from colonial times through The Gulf Wars, including how and why the U.S. has gone to war, and how war has shaped the nation; and military ethics, just war theory, and moral and ethical dilemmas faced by current day military. The program includes an anthropological examination of the nature of war, and its complexity, unpredictability, and cultural ties throughout the world. You will also have the opportunity to study the leadership techniques and careers of successful American military leaders; conflict resolution, peacemaking, and negotiation strategies; and international relations and security, including diplomacy, conflict, nationalism, and human rights.

What are the Prerequisites?

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies program should be interested in studying historical and political perspectives on the military. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies is a 120-credit program. The program includes 36 major credits, 46 general education credits, and 41 elective credits.

Military Studies Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
MIL 275 Military Ethics
ANT 307 Anthropology of War
MIL 310 American Military History I
MIL 311 American Military History II
MIL 322 The Literature of War
ENG 325 Intermediate Composition
HIS 306 Twentieth-Century Europe
POL 355 International Relations
HIS 303 The American Constitution
LIB 318 Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution
MIL 350 Studies in Military Leadership
MIL 497 Military Studies Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies program is not a Military Science (ROTC) program; completion of the program does not lead to a military commission. Graduates of the program may already be service members who are seeking advancement; non-service members who complete the program could pursue a variety of careers within various branches of the U.S. Armed Services, including:

  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Department of Defense

Advanced Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies program at Ashford University offers you the foundational education needed to continue on to graduate studies. You could choose a master's program that is not military-related and focuses on another area of interest, such as criminal justice or business; or you could continue your military education by pursuing a master's degree in one of the following areas:

  • Master of Arts in Military Studies
  • Master of Arts in Military History
  • Master of Natural Resource Development in Military Sustainability
  • Master of Arts in National Security

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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